The Non-Empirical Philosophical Assumptions of Science. | James Bishop’s Theological Rationalism

Many people think that scientists, and science itself, operate independently from underlying beliefs. However, this is quite untrue, and we shall examine why in this short essay.For one, it is naive to believe that the practicing scientist is wholly objective in that he or she doesn’t bring personal values to work. Scientists, as people are also influenced by their cultures, imaginations, thinking, and biases (1). This is not to mention that even after the scientific work has been completed, scientists interpret their findings through a filter that includes their cultures, and personal beliefs, hence the importance of peer review within the scientific faculty. In this way, the professional scientist is no different to anyone else, including the philosopher, historian, or you and me.

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